Tuesday, September 18th, 2007


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Monks in Rangoon and other cities across Burma began their threatened boycott of members of the ruling military regime and their families on Tuesday, and also participated in peaceful marches. A demonstration by monks and civilians in Sittwe, Arakan State, was broken up by the authorities, using tear gas.
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A sangha-led campaign of protest over the state of the Burmese economy and the treatment of civilian and monk demonstrators at the hands of junta-backed security forces has entered its second day, the single biggest day of demonstrations the 2007 protests have witnessed, with confirmed demonstrations occurring in Rangoon, Chauk, Kyaukpadaung, Aunglan, Pakokku, Pegu and Sittwe.
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More than a thousand Buddhist monks marched peacefully in two Myanmar cities Tuesday, as part of a rare wave of anti-government protests that have rocked the country over the past month, witnesses said.
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Authorities in military-ruled Myanmar fired tear gas on Tuesday to break up a protest of around 1,000 Buddhist monks and civilian demonstrators in the northwestern city of Sittwe, a witness said.
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Buddhist monks in Myitkyina Township, capital of Kachin State in Northern Burma have been put under virtual house arrest.  They have been ordered to stay in their rooms in the monasteries by the junta authorities since Saturday evening. This explains the mysterious disappearance of the monks over the weekend. (more…)

A monk from the Magwe township of Chauk was pelted with stones by a group of unidentified men on Sunday after taking part in a protest against government harassment.
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A prominent Burmese woman activist who has been in hiding, Naw Ohn Hla, was arrested by authorities in Rangoon on Tuesday, according to sources close to her. (more…)

Maungdaw: Businessmen and wealthy families are being forced to pay for fuel for vehicles, including fire engines that are being used by township authorities to patrol Maungdaw, Arakan state, Burma to maintain law and order. The authorities have collected money from us, said a Maungdaw businessman on condition of anonymity.
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Maungdaw: Businessmen and wealthy families are being forced to pay for fuel for vehicles, including fire engines that are being used by township authorities to patrol Maungdaw, Arakan state, Burma to maintain law and order. The authorities have collected money from us, said a Maungdaw businessman on condition of anonymity.
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Myanmar and Venezuela have “failed demonstrably” to do enough to fight illegal drugs for a third straight year, said a U.S. report on Monday that waived sanctions on Caracas to maintain aid for democracy programs. (more…)

Union Petroleum Minister Murli Deora will visit Burma from September 23 to look at the potential to tap hydrocarbon discoveries in the neighbouring country.
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The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in New Delhi, India yesterday announced the indefinite suspension of registration for new comers from Burma. The decision takes affect from today.
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Families from war-torn Burma were beginning a new life in Co Mayo today under a special UN refugee resettlement programme.
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Recent events are proof that, though their faith in the world’s highest body has eroded since China and Russia vetoed the latest UNSC resolution to encourage peaceful political reconciliation in Burma, Burmese people are more resolved than ever to continue pressing for democracy in their country on their own.
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Exactly 19 years ago, on September 18, 1988, the Burmese army claimed it was forced to stage a military coup to save Burma from chaos and instability. An academic paper recently published by the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore sheds some new light on the role of China and America in the uprising, although the facts themselves are still in dispute. (more…)

Burma’s continuing political crisis is coming to a major crossroads with the future of the ruling military junta now increasingly uncertain. The country’s top military rulers have called an emergency meeting of the ruling State Peace and Development Council to plot their strategy for the coming months. (more…)